Lyon v Barcelona Champions League betting preview and tips

21:00 Tue 19 Feb
Champions League
Tip: X
Units: 1/5
Odds: +350

Incredibly, Lyon made it to the last sixteen of the Champions League by winning just one group game, although on the flip side they drew the other five encounters which meant the French side were unbeaten against the three opponents that they faced.

That included Manchester City and the solitary victory came at the Etihad Stadium against all the odds, with the Ligue 1 side being no respecters of reputation in September when triumphing 2-1 against a team who are the market favourites to win the competition.

Similarly, a Maxwel Cornet brace enabled Lyon to enjoy a 2-2 draw at home to City and the 22-year-old could cause a few problems against a Barcelona team who will have noted that Lyon averaged two goals per group game.

Bruno Genesio’s side might have taken four points against Manchester City although it’s slightly more concerning that they were unable to beat Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk in matches at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

You would imagine that Lyon will need to establish some kind of first leg advantage in order to go through to the last eight against a team who are determined to end the Real Madrid dominance of the competition in recent years.

Barca finished top of a brutal Champions League group, with featured three quality teams in Internazionale, Spurs and PSV, with three straight wins putting the Catalan side in the box seat and Ernesto Valverde’s team are sitting pretty at the top of La Liga.

Lionel Messi shows no sign of stopping and he’s scored fifteen goals in La Liga already this season, with Luis Suarez proving no slouch on eleven and Lyon’s poor defending in the group stage could be exposed.

However, this isn’t a game that Barca need to win and the fact that Lyon were able to serve it up twice against Manchester City and come away with four points meaning that we’re leaning towards the draw.

Draw @ 4.50 with bet365

Team News

Lyon: 4-2-3-1 (Confirmed Line-ups)
Barcelona: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 01
    Anthony Lopes
  • 20
    Fernando Marcal
  • 05
    Jason Denayer
  • 06
  • 14
    Léo Dubois
  • 08
    Houssem Aouar
  • 28
    Tanguy NDombèlé
  • 07
    Martin Terrier
  • 11
    Memphis Depay
  • 10
    Bertrand Traore
  • 09
    Moussa Dembele
  • 01
    Marc-Andre ter Stegen
  • 02
    Nélson Cabral Semedo
  • 03
    Gerard Piqué
  • 15
    Clement Lenglet
  • 18
    Jordi Alba
  • 20
    Sergi Roberto
  • 05
    Sergio Busquets
  • 04
    Ivan Rakitic
  • 10
    Lionel Messi
  • 09
    Luis Suarez
  • 11
    Ousmane Dembélé